Daniel Cormier believes that some fighters have already missed the chance of becoming the greatest of all time in mixed martial arts – because of using performance-enhancing drugs.
Cormier during the UFC 210 weigh-ins
With his fast-approaching fight against Stipe Miocic at the UFC 226, people have always been asking Cormier if winning the bout will put his name among UFC’s best fighters.
Considering DC’s record, it isn’t arguable that he’s one of the best. He’s undefeated at heavyweight and a multi-time defending light heavyweight champion. Winning against Miocic will give him a second UFC title marking a legacy in the history of the sport.
However, being defeated twice by Jone Jones, Cormier initially had doubts about his potential of being the greatest of all time. But during their second fight, it was overruled to a no-contest as Jones was later confirmed positive for using steroids. This was his second time to be caught neglecting the UFC anti-doping policy after he was previously suspended for failing a drug test.
Cormier vs Jones at the UFC 214 Card
Because of these events, Cormier said that fighters who use these performance-enhancing drugs should eliminate themselves from the Greatest of All Time (GOAT) conversation. He specifically mentioned Jones as well as the former middleweight champion, Anderson Silva, who also has a history in failing drug tests.
During the UFC 226 media conference call, Cormier mentioned, “Any time a guy does performance-enhancing drugs, and on multiple occasions, they eliminate themselves,” he also said, “So for as great as Anderson Silva was, he tested positive I think two times. Jones has tested positive two or three times. Those guys eliminate themselves.”
“When you start getting performance enhancers tied to your name, there’s no way around that. There’s no way around it, and I think that of all the sports, the people that pay the harshest price are the baseball players” Cornier explained. “Because when you have negatives tied to your name, they deny you the ultimate vindication. The ultimate goal of a baseball player is to go to the Hall of Fame, and these guys aren’t even getting close. The Mark McGwire’s, the Sammy Sosa’s, the Barry Bonds — those guys aren’t getting close because they have those bad things tied to their names. As a sport, I think MMA needs to evolve to the point that the punishment for having doing those things is your place within the sport should be challenged and should be questioned.”
In case he wins the UFC 226, Cormier firmly believes that he should at least be considered for the title of the greatest of all time. Given the fact that no fighter in UFC history has simultaneously defended the heavyweight and light heavyweight titles. Cormier said, “I think I am. I don’t believe that anything else should be thought of. I should be in the conversation,”
According to Cormier, “I want to be mentioned among the greats. The Georges St-Pierres and the Demetrious Johnson, the guys that have done things the correct way over the course of their entire careers without that asterisk.”